What is it about?

We conducted a study to see if a program that involves community and peer support can help people with Type 2 diabetes improve their self-care habits and lower their fasting blood sugar levels. We found that the program had a positive effect on participants' self-care behaviors and their blood sugar levels. This suggests that such a program could be a helpful way to manage diabetes and improve health outcomes.

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Why is it important?

Our study addresses the growing concern of Type 2 diabetes, a global health issue, by exploring a community and peer support-based healthy lifestyle program. This approach is unique as it involves not only medical professionals but also community members and peers to support individuals with diabetes. As the prevalence of diabetes continues to rise, innovative interventions like ours are timely and could offer a practical and cost-effective solution to improve self-care behaviors and blood sugar control. Our findings could inspire healthcare providers and policymakers to consider implementing similar programs, leading to better outcomes for people living with Type 2 diabetes.


I'm proud to have contributed to this study on improving the lives of individuals with Type 2 diabetes. Personally, I believe that involving communities and peers in healthcare interventions is a game-changer. Diabetes is not just a medical condition – it's a lifestyle challenge that requires ongoing support. Our research highlights the potential of community engagement and peer support in addressing this challenge. It's heartening to think that our work might encourage a shift towards more holistic and inclusive approaches to managing chronic diseases, ultimately enhancing the well-being of those affected by diabetes.

Mr Ferry Efendi
Universitas Airlangga

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This page is a summary of: Effect of community and peer support based healthy lifestyle program (CP-HELP) on self care behavior and fasting blood glucose in patient with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders, January 2021, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s40200-021-00729-y.
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